A few days ago, I wrote about 9 ways to find more hard drive space. Several readers asked for more detail on #2, where I recommended deleting duplicate files. My secret is Adobe Bridge, which is packaged with PSE for Mac and CSÂ products. (PSE for Windows still comes with Organizer.)
I use Bridge to sort, browse and tag my digital supplies. I’m not going to evangelize about this application, as I’m still looking for my holy grail of digi-organizers. However, Bridge does have a fantastic feature which aids in duplicate removal.
Adobe Bridge has x-ray vision of sorts. Look for the “Click to view all items in this folder and its subfolders” icon to browse everything at once – your entire stash if desired. The files are automatically sorted alphabetically, making it easy to quickly spot duplicate files.
What about previews?
Often designers will include a preview labeled folder.jpg AND a preview labeled with the kit name. If you’re not using the folder.jpg preview to help visually sort your stash, it is a duplicate too. However,Â alphabetical sorting won’t work in this case. Here’s my recommendation.
Tag all of your previews first, then use the “x-ray vision” technique to look at all previews. This should narrow down the selections so that you can browse through and look for duplicates. Think of this challenge like a game of memory, where you’re spotting look-a-likes.
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